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    Freedom of Allegation

    Freedom of allegation/Freedom without boundaries
    When freedom of expression becomes freedom of allegation

    Right to think, act, speak, or write as one wants, it’s the fundamental societal right of everyone. In day to day life people meet each other and express their thoughts while one can easily find conflict of thoughts but to accept or refuse others opinion is requisite for freedom of expression. In every civilized society freedom of expression is indispensable.
    In the contemporary world of technology, freedom of expression is best described by the electronic media. Witnessing the tremendous evolution of television being the head category of Pakistani electronic media having only one channel in 2002 is now operating with the cluster of more than 100 TV channels including 45 being the 24/7 current affair channels, one cannot deny that the credit goes to Gen: Parvez Musharaf who gifted liberal media laws to media houses that adversely paved the way to it gaining political clout instead of breaking the state’s monopoly. The erstwhile strength of media that made difficult for many authorities to cover up poor governance, abuse of power and also mobilizing public opinion quickly in favor of reformist initiatives is vaguely found now. The military’s motivation for liberalizing media licensing to strengthen national security and counter any perceived threats from enemies seems to be manipulated by our media now. Witnessing another strange thing, most of the media anchorpersons are themselves acting as political analysts. One can see most TV anchors taking much of the time on television screens instead of noted political scientists and legal experts of the country. This alarming situation allows me to call media anchorpersons are “Political actors”.
    In a contrast, viewership of TV channels has increased to its maximum in the Pakistani society while the media credibility decreased to its utmost. People are glued to their TV screens to gratify themselves with minute to minute updates with a large number of people discussing the issues for many hours a day. However, at the same time they believe most TV channels are biased in their news taking the pro-government and anti-government stance and strictly following their vested interests and agenda.
    Some of the channels in a current scenario took pro-PTI or pro-PMLN position. Some try to have balance approach. Still biased reporting is mostly obvious. In my opinion no one is justifying professionalism as one can easily find from the past few events like general election 2013 to model town carnage, PTI PAT sit-ins to latest local government elections KPK.
    Media has a great responsibility especially when it comes with serious implications of peace in a country like Pakistan. In Pakistan electronic media has got critical importance in channelizing the thoughts, over the past decade media has been most influential in impacting people’s thinking on political and social issues. It is not wrong to say people’s perceptions on issues are based on media’s perceptions and media perception’s are based mostly on non-investigated assumptions.

    For a long time now assumptions, misconceptions and accusations have abounded the credibility of Pakistan media. It is not hidden that our media are generally considered inept and corrupt. This is conspicuous that every news channels is framing the issue keeping in view its economical agenda or the political expediencies, ultimately provoking the following questions in viewers mind,
    Is our media credible?
    Are they channelizing the truth?
    Are they working professionally?
    Are they not sucked into a race of ratings only?
    Are they contributing for the betterment of Pakistan?
    Are they not following the vested interests of the political parties?
    Can anyone rely on the information shared through the media nowadays?
    Are they seriously acting as a fourth pillar of the state in letter and spirit?

    In the reminiscence of the uprising against military ruler by lawyers and judges that was the media credit which made it possible to sustain the momentum of a growing resistance movement. On many social issues like domestic violence, women rights, child rights, education and health, citizens rights all are the media’s efforts that made the difference also according to international media organization “Reporters sans frontieres” up till 2014, 65 Pakistani journalist were killed while they were performing their duties. All those efforts and scarifies are what for? Unless the answer to the above asked questions is a big “NO”.
    Yet up till now no efforts has been made to set the record straight; no steps have been initiated or implemented to gauge, reflect, record, and shape the credibility of our media.

    The complex and perilous situation, we are facing today, demands that though our young media should be given freedom, yet it should be complemented with some responsibility that may be defined in form of code of ethics. It means that while advocating freedom of media, we must also define its limits. But, these limits should not be imposed by the governments, religious and political parties, business houses, militants’ extremists and terrorists; rather media should itself devise such a code, and assistance of and guidance from civil society, academia and public representatives can also be sought for in this regards.

    --The writer is an aspirant (SAS)--

    REF: The figures are taken from International organization of Media report “Reporters sans frontiers” and Report published JWT 2015 Pakistan.

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    Is our media credible?
    Are they channelizing the truth?
    Are they working professionally?
    Mixed

    Are they not sucked into a race of ratings only?
    Yes, it is!

    Are they contributing for the betterment of Pakistan?
    Are they not following the vested interests of the political parties?
    Can anyone rely on the information shared through the media nowadays?
    Are they seriously acting as a fourth pillar of the state in letter and spirit?
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    65 Pakistani journalist were killed while they were performing their duties.
    This is the most shocking part of the Pakistani Journalism. Media personnels deserve to be appreciated for not deviating from their duties and continuing struggle in rough socio-economic terrains and landscapes.
    "A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP"

 

 

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